Jack Vickerman hits a century as Uppingham Town defeat Hinckley Amateurs
Jack Vickerman produced a superb innings to help Uppingham Town to a convincing 86-run win against Hinckley Amateurs in Saturday's Leicestershire League Division One clash at Castle Hill.
Vickerman hit a terrifc ton as his 141 runs helped Uppingham rack up a daunting 298-5 from their 45 overs.
Town had made a slow start in tough early conditions with just nine runs coming from the first six overs for the loss of Ben Farnsworth after a tight opening spell from Jamie Harris-Ensor and Ashley Harrison.
Vickerman and skipper Jamie Dumford started the rebuild by adding 115 for the second wicket before Dumford (44) fell.
The innings took off once Mark Cox joined Vickerman as the pair raced to a 142-run fourth wicket stand in just 87 balls.
Cox (69, seven fours and three sixes) reached his 50 from just 35 balls while Vickerman's progress was more sedate.
He took 112 deliveries to reach his ton before putting the tiring Hinckley attack to the sword by adding a further 41 from just 20 further balls. His knock featured 18 fours and two maximums.
Uppingham’s innings closed at a formidable 298-5 with Alan York and Harris-Ensor claiming two wickets each.
In contrast to Town’s start, the hosts shot out of the blocks with Edward Proctor launching into the Uppingham bowling.
His 35 took just 17 balls before Danny Dumford rearranged his stumps.
Dumford claimed two further wickets in quick succession to leave Hinckley teetering at 56-3.
The key wicket would prove to be York as, while he was in, Amateurs had a chance – he reached 50 from 47 balls before being fifth man out for 83 (four fours, six sixes).
With his dismissal, the resistance was broken as Hinckley subsided from 189-4 to 212 all out.
As has been the case so often this year, the Town bowlers shared the wickets around.
Cox's 3-38 and Dumford's 3-43 led the way with two for Scott Green and one each for Kester Sainsbury and Gatin Wadhwa.
The win keeps Uppingham in the thick of it at the top of the table, remaining unbeaten alongside Lutterworth and Kibworth 2nds. They host Barkby United at Castle Hill this weekend.
Colan Bartram produced a match-winning late blast to help Uppingham Town 2nds secure a 47-run win against Leicester University Staff in Division Seven East.
Bartram - batting at number nine - made a crucial 71 runs to help Town make 162 before being bowled out by their visitors.
Will Joyce had earlier made 22 as did Harry Wade with Jean De Beer the pick of the visiting attack with 4-25 from 10 overs which included five maidens.
Lee Middleton was then in fine form with the ball as Town produced a disciplined bowling display to dismiss the University Staff for 115 in their reply.
Middleton took 4-45 from his 10-over spell while Kevin Webster claimed 2-14 from eight economical overs.
Dan Snaith struck twice while conceding just 16 runs from his seven overs with Bartram and Joe Bennett also taking one apiece.
Uppingham Town 3rds were unable to make it a victory treble for the Castle Hill club after a 131-run reversal at table-topping Leicester Stars in Division Nine East.
The hosts made 206-8 from their 40 overs with Mahmed Husen-Kocha - batting at number eight for Stars - hitting an unbeaten 90 not out.
Charlie Cox claimed 2-44 from eight overs for Town with Richard Merry returning 2-31 off five and Heath Broughton 2-53 from 10.
Magnus Robertson conceded just 10 runs from his five overs which produced one wicket and two maidens.
Town were then dismissed for 75 in their reply as Yakub Umar collected 5-17 from six overs for Stars. Skipper Andy Cross had top-scored for Uppingham with 31.